From privilege to peril : — The shipmaster’s current legal rights and responsibilities

This article addresses the growing concern over the diminishing legal rights and increasing responsibilities of those in command of ships today. A number of high-profile maritime accidents have focussed on the dilemma faced by shipmasters who appear to be held responsible for actions over which they have little or no control. This seems to indicate that the traditional privilege and honour associated with command appears to have become a risky burden. The article discusses the legal rights and responsibilities that shipmasters have today in terms of international maritime law and policy. Four case studies are utilized to illustrate the problem.


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  • Accession Number: 01609259
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2016 9:16AM